Its been about 10 days since I moved to IBM Notes 9 Beta. Before going in to the details of what I like, here are the details about the specific version I am running.
IBM Notes 9
Revision 20121208.0805 (Build V90_CD6_12072012)
The Installation process
The install process took a little time for me since I did not uninstall the 8.5.3 version I was running (I know – my bad). Once I figured it out, it was smooth sailing. Couple of interesting things there – the fact that we can install the browser plugin as an option in the install itself and the OpenSocial Components.
There were couple of options in the install screen I wondered about –
Why would we have Exchange Migration tools available as part of the standard install? Can’t this be hidden / optional in any other way? I can foresee atleast a few customers/admins ask unwanted questions about these options if they are going to be part of the IBM Notes 9 install as well.
Using IBM Notes 9
- The release has been very stable so far with no issues in my normal functioning. It does seem a tad slower compared to my 8.5.3. For a fair comparison, I have turned on XPagesPreLoad = 1 and HTTPJVMMaxSize to 1/4 my memory. However, I have not done a “action to action” comparison.
- The looks of it is great. I really love the blue colors and the calendar is a visual treat (this is with default settings).
Features I really like
- Backward compatibility – I know I have been spoiled by IBM in this aspect because I don’t even wonder whether my older applications will work in the new version. They do, including a complex XPInC application with a lot of calculations.
- Search in Email – this new search throws up better results than I have seen before. It would have been awesome to have “click on column header to sort” for the results but this is good.
- The fact that the original mail closes when I have completed forward / reply process – really smooth and makes it easier to keep the mind on the current task and my workspace does not get cluttered.
Features I am looking forward to trying out
- The notes browser plug-in
- OpenSocial component